The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) was surrounded with concerns from long-time fans whether or not it would be good. Further difficulties arose as it was announced Michael Bay’s involvement and with the initial title of “Ninja Turtles”, this caused an uproar. After the controversy, the film came out, and the general consensus was “meh, it’s alright”. Now we’re back again, can they improve upon the previous film?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Review
Yes, there is more turtles.

TMNT: Out of the Shadows brings back the Turtles to face bigger threats in the shape of the returning villain Shredder, and new additions of Bebop and Rocksteady and even Krang. As well as new foes, they introduce a new friend in the form of Casey Jones played by Arrow’s Stephen Amell. All the previous cast returns including Megan Fox and Will Arnett.

Weirdly, this film is a pleasant surprise. It isn’t going to blow you away, but equally, you won’t leave hating it. There are a few funny moments, the Turtles get the majority of the screen time, which is awesome, and overall it’s just okay. Once the film starts, you remember that this is a kids film and also aimed at a different generation. It’s difficult to get annoyed at a film that wasn’t made for me. This isn’t your Vanilla Ice turtles anymore!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Review
Bringing the cringe-factor since 1987.

Where the film falls short is with its dialogue in parts. There are scenes with the unnecessary “techno-babble” that have the other characters saying the age-old line “can you say that in English?”. Whilst I get the point that it’s to show that what they’re dealing with is other-worldly, what is actually said typically is nonsense and takes away slightly. Although it can be funny, it typically resorts to fart-joke-level of humour.